A Spacious Place

“A spacious place” (Ps 18:19) is rich with imagery. It speaks of someone who has been walking in a restricted, enclosed or even imprisoned environment who then bursts into wide and unrestricted living. Imagine, walking for some hours through thick and prickly undergrowth and then suddenly stumbling out into a lush woodland meadow! The contrast is massive and even thinking about it makes me take … Continue reading A Spacious Place

Pause: Guerilla Warfare Praying

“Lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Ps 61:2b) As you slurp coffee and power up your laptop for another day at work, why not take a quick pause to consider the powerful and subversive nature of Psalm 61. In verse two the Psalmist prayerfully longs for some rather radical things: “Lead me” requires humility and not arrogant assurance. It’s a life … Continue reading Pause: Guerilla Warfare Praying

Blessed

“God wills our happiness. He blesses. There is no question about that. He also graciously describes the kind of life that is able to receive and live out the blessings that he wills. He does not say, “I want you to be happy, but how to be happy is your business to discover by trail and error the best you can. Good luck!” Not at … Continue reading Blessed

Twisted Lips: the love of God displayed

The following are some of the most evocative words I’ve read in a long time. Read them slowly and allow your imagination the space to fill in the full colour and intensity:   “In his book Mortal Lessons, by Richard Selzer, MD, writes: I stand by the bed where a young woman lies, her face postoperative, her mouth twisted in palsy, clownish. A tiny twig … Continue reading Twisted Lips: the love of God displayed

The Mirror & the Cross (Psalm 26)

“Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered. Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.” verses 1-2 The Psalms have an amazing ability to strip away any form of pretence … Continue reading The Mirror & the Cross (Psalm 26)

Teach me your way (Psalm 27)

“Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path.” (v11) Why is this such a provocative statement? Sandwiched in the middle of a Psalm about the Lord rescuing us from terrible and distressing situations, it would be easy for this verse to be replaced with “God, just get me out of here!” However, even in times and seasons of pain, setback, uncertainty and … Continue reading Teach me your way (Psalm 27)